When we first heard that Darren Aronofsky was planning on doing an epic retelling of the classic Biblical story of Noah, we though, "Well, it's good to dream big." But it seems as though Aronofsky has not only dreamt big in his ideas, but in his casting. The movie has acquired a list of actors that is impressive across the board, and now it's just added one more.
Anthony Hopkins has joined "Noah" as Methuselah, Aronofsky himself announced today. The director took to Twitter to share the news, tweeting, "i'm honored to be working with the great sir anthony hopkins. we just added him to the stellar cast of #Noah; #methuselahlives." In the Bible, Methuselah is the oldest man in the world (supposedly 969 years old), but he died seven days before the Great Flood.
As for the rest of the cast.... well, we weren't exaggerating. Already signed on board are Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth. Crowe plays the titular Noah, Connelly his wife and Booth and Lerman their two sons, Shem and Ham. Watson is Ila, a young woman who "develops a relationship" with Shem, and Winstone is playing the villain.
It's unclear just how many more actors are needed to fully flesh out this film, but we must be nearing the end of the casting process. The movie is currently in production, and is said to stick pretty close to its Biblical source material. The screenplay was written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel, and later revised by “Gladiator” screenwriter John Logan. We'll be seeing "Noah" in theaters on March 18, 2014.
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